India Choquette 2014 Julia Andrea Leach

India grew up on a farm in Vermont, and her first workouts were slinging hay bales and hauling buckets of water--the original functional fitness! She skied, snowboarded, hiked, biked, and ran her way through the countryside until she took a sharp left turn and ended up in the city. She leads strength focused fitness classes and spin classes at several gyms and colleges across the city, and she is a trainer and a physical education instructor at Columbia University and Barnard College where she works with students, faculty, staff, and athletes.

India believes that success in fitness is about effort, not perfection. It is challenge, not mastery, that creates change, and she creates classes where you can constantly surprise and push yourself. Fitness is a lifelong commitment (so buckle down), and it's about bringing your best everyday (remembering your sneakers), having fun (listening to Janis Joplin during squat jumps), and finding lots of variety (wait, you want me to do what?). When she's not teaching, she can either be found running through Central Park or sitting in a coffee shop writing.


CrossFit Spot | RX Conditioning Coach |

Infinite Athletics | Personal Training |

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY | Functional Fitness, TRX, Sculpt, Cardio & Core, Required Physical Education "Foundations of Functional Fitness", Functional/Sport Specific Training with Squash, Women's Swimming, and Women's Volleyball |


India Choquette Wants You to Move - Columbia Spectator 2017


  • ACE Group Fitness (2014)
  • ACE Personal Training (2017)
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (2017), Crossfit Gymnastics Specialty Course (2018)
  • USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach Level 1  (2018)
  • AntiGravity Yoga Level 1 Instructor (2017)
  • TRX (Group Training & Functional Training) (2016)
  • Queenax Functional Training & Movement Design (2016)
  • Mad Dogg Cycling (2015)
  • RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training with Yandara Yoga Institute - Yin and Restorative (2017)
  • ARC CPR and First Aid (2014 - present)


BARNARD COLLEGE | Sculpt, Total Body, Core Fit, Personal Training |

SOMA WILLIAMSBURG | Cycling, TRX, Personal Training |

24 HOUR FITNESS | Cycling



COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY | Functional Fitness Program Coordinator | August 2016 - present

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY | Temporary Assistant Director of Physical Education | January 2016 - May 2016

BARNARD COLLEGE | FITbear Group Fitness Program Coordinator | August 2014 - present


BARNARD COLLEGE | New York, NY | 2014 | BA Theatre | Centennial Scholar | Honors: summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR TRAINING COURSE | Spring 2014 | with Barnard PE faculty Laura Masone

INDOOR CYCLING MENTOR PROGRAM | Spring 2015 | with Spinning© Master Trainers Javier Santin and Heather Santin